All of My Faults Are Stress Related

Archives for March, 2009

This month’s Scientiae is about overcoming challenges: our worst moments, and how we survived them. I’ve had trouble deciding which story to tell. Field camp? Running out of food while dropped off by helicopter? Not finding the rocks that were supposed to be in my dissertation field area? Bad dates (geologic, that is)? I had…

I’ve got one wallet-sized version of the 1983 Geological Society of America time scale in my field pouch, and another page-sized version that used to be taped to the wall in front of my desk. I relied on it a lot, especially when starting work in a new field area. In the early 90’s, when…

Geologists are quirky and interesting. We study this planet we live on (and others), we get to think about volcanoes or earthquakes or landslides or floods, we can tell you a gazillion ways that the earth could kill you (and then say that they’ll all happen tomorrow… on the geologic time scale). We know how…

This is a post for World Water Day. See more posts about transboundary water at Cr!key Creek. For the past two years, my intro Earth Science students have been doing a project monitoring one of our local rivers. On the one hand, it’s just another stream, small enough for students to safely wade into it…

Links for 3-21-09

Calls to arms: Chris at goodSchist is looking for help to work on the wikipedia page on the mantle. Since he posted, some people have taken on the challenge, but someone who thinks the mantle is too cold to convect is arguing that the revisions violate wikipedia’s neutral point of view. Eric at Eruptions wants…

Course redesign 4: time for a plan

I’ve been blogging my way throug the redesign of my upper-level general education course, “The Control of Nature,” using a course design tutorial from SERC. I’ve talked about what’s gone wrong in the past, about who my students are and what they need from the class, and about my tentative goals for the class. I’ve…

From the Association for Women Geoscientists’ e-news: The deadline for applications for the 2009 AWG Chrysalis Scholarship has been extended to March 31st. The Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for women geoscience graduate students whose education has been interrupted for at least one year. The awards are intended to cover thesis/dissertation costs such as typing…

My other half and I are both working from home today. I’m revising the first draft of a paper that I’m working on, and he’s doing remote network engineering. Last time I sat down with this paper, I realized that, if I plotted my data in a certain way, I would be able to see…

Callan Bentley has declared a meme: What are ten things that every geology major ought to know about? The only restriction is you’re not allowed to list anything that has already been listed by a previous geoblogger. You don’t have to list everything, just ten important things. Before I add to the list (which has…

Tough commute

Geotripper got a new camera for his birthday, and has been taking pictures of mountains. I haven’t posted enough pictures since I got my camera in December, so here’s a view of my daily commute: Here, let me label it for people who don’t make a habit of seeing geology in landscapes (picture below fold):